I suspect the difference is that, while we attach emotion to pets due to our forged bonds, most of us view a cut of meat as a product at the supermarket. We’d be horrified if homeless dogs were butchered and packaged in exactly the same way. I understand this dissonance and my point here is not to dissect it or criticise meat consumption with food choices being as personal as politics and religion. My understanding, though, is strained when it comes to supporting large nonprofit organizations whose mission it is to protect all animals. For this reason, I’ve given somewhat tenuous support to the BC SPCA. Despite my misgivings regarding their stance on food animals, I’ve always felt that helping abused, hurt and abandoned animals find homes is laudable work and should be supported. After today, unfortunately my support is over.
British Columbia public school teachers, represented by the BCTF, are undertaking rotating job action this week (and next, we just learned) to back contract demands. From Monday to Thursday, kids will be out of school one day per week, per district. Limited administrative job action began in April.
The BCPSEA, the bargaining agent for the government, retaliated by first announcing teachers would be docked pay and soon after, issuing a partial lockout notice of their own, followed by a clarification of the lockout. The lockout/pay docking caused a lot of confusion amongst teachers and the public alike.
After Darby left us in the fall of 2013, it was really hard thinking of adopting another dog for some time. We felt robbed of time we expected to have with her, and given that we confer people-like status to furry friends in our house, the thought of another dog almost felt like we were replacing her. Whether people or animals, one really isn’t replaceable by another.
However, as we hit 2014, I’m not sure whether it was just that enough time had passed or the sense of renewal that comes with a new year, but both Connie and I began looking at adoptable dogs online. We both felt conflicted; that perhaps we weren’t ready for another animal or some level of guilt. However, we both also knew that we just missed having an animal around. It just feels right to us to have a dog. And, if you’re anything like us, when you begin looking at dog photos, you’re pretty much done for. Resistance is futile.
We found the fellow pictured in the first paragraph via Petfinder, adoptable via a rescue society out of Mission. I have a few thoughts on them, but I’ll leave those until my closing paragraphs on this post. One of his favourite things is to offer you his paw, while he always has the kind of mopey countenance you see in the picture.